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Garden Design for Beginners

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
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  • Start Date(s): Tuesday 18 June 2024
  • Duration: Three day course, weekdays
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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If you’re an amateur gardener with a general interest in garden design, or you’re looking to learn new skills to use in your own garden, or simply a career change, then this is the course for you.

We’ll introduce you to the principles of garden design which will help you develop a range of technical skills that can be applied to a garden space. We’ll also show you how to draw garden design plans accurately by hand, explore the processes of choosing hard landscaping materials, and briefly cover how to develop a planting scheme.

What you’ll study

On this course you will learn about:

  • an understanding of design principles
  • basic site surveying techniques
  • 2D plan drafting and graphics
  • development of garden concepts
  • introduction to hard landscaping materials

How you’re taught

This course will be taught in person at our Brackenhurst campus, near Southwell in Nottinghamshire.

You will undertake a series of practical exercises as homework, including surveying and technical drawing and by the end of the course you will have prepared your own garden design scheme.

By the end of the course you will have learned:

  • An Understanding of Design Principles
  • Basic Site Surveying Techniques
  • 2D Plan Drafting and Graphics
  • Development of Garden Concepts
  • Introduction to Hard Landscaping Materials

If you attend more than 80% of the course you will be given a certificate of attendance.

Contact hours

20 hours of in person teaching time with our expert academic.

Do you need to purchase any equipment or materials to complete the course?

Whilst not essential the following items are recommended to allow you to carry out your site survey on your chosen garden space and to work on your designs outside of the class:

Surveying Equipment (required to undertake a site survey in your own time):

  • 2 x 30m or 50m flexible tape measures
  • Clipboard
  • Pencil
  • A4 Paper

Drawing Equipment (Please note that this is not needed to complete the course, but you may be interested in these items if you want to set yourself up with professional equipment):

  • A1 Drawing Board
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Fineliner Pens
  • Eraser
  • Scale Rule
  • Adjustable Set Square
  • Compass Set
  • Circle Template
  • A2 Tracing Paper
  • A2 Layout Paper

Tutor profile:

Yvette is an experienced garden designer and lecturer with particular interests in wildlife gardening and design psychology. Combining lifelong passions for garden design, horticulture and art, Yvette graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Design and Management.  Prior to this she completed the Foundation Degree programme in Horticulture, Garden Design, to Distinction level. Yvette received awards for outstanding achievement in each year of study. In 2011, trade stands designed by Yvette for Hillarys Blinds were awarded the prestigious RHS Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Presentation at both the RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park Flower Shows.

Yvette has also worked with TV gardener David Domoney as Head of Planting for his show gardens and exhibits, including working at the RHS Chelsea, RHS Hampton Court, and Southport Flower Shows.

Alongside running her own garden design business, Yvette lectures as Module Leader in Garden Design, Applied Design and International Landscape Strategies at Brackenhurst. She is also a Course Tutor with The British Academy of Garden Design.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

No experience necessary as this course is for beginners.

Fees and funding


How to apply

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